Biological Sciences (Microbiology) MBiolSci

University Of Leicester, United Kingdom

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First Year Course Fee

USD 29,691

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  • 4 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
Microorganisms (viruses, bacteria, fungi and protozoa) play a crucial role in many of the Earth's physical and biological processes; they help to purify our waste water and clean up pollution. Mankind has used them for thousands of years in the production of foods and drinks but some types can cause new and devastating diseases
  • Microorganisms are the oldest inhabitants of the Earth, yet we have only discovered a small fraction of all the microbes that exist. Now microbiology is at the forefront of a technical revolution: incredibly sensitive molecular tools, coupled with sophisticated computer informatics, provide powerful new approaches to unlocking the secrets of life.
  • On this course you will work alongside leading microbiologists who are investigating some of the most important questions in microbiology research in order to gain insight into the microbial world and develop broad appreciation of the biology and uses of organisms of microscopic size, the role of microbes in health and disease, and of the mammalian immune response to infection. Microbiologists study these processes in all types of organisms and discover how errors in them can cause disease, and they help discover the impact of microbes across the biological sciences. You will also gain a broad understanding of fundamental biological processes, while developing analytical skills and gaining experience in handling complex information. By studying microbiology alongside options in other biological sciences, you will be able to apply your knowledge across the boundaries of traditional disciplines and gain a valuable and powerful asset in scientific environments and in many other walks of life.
  • The first three years of this course are identical to the Biological Sciences (Microbiology) BSc, including the option to spend a Year in Industry or a Year Abroad between Years 2 and 3. Your fourth year then lets you focus on refining your research and lab skills - while also putting into practice your employability skills - by conducting a research project in one of six specialist areas.
  • The analytical and critical skills you acquire by studying an MBiolSci in Biological Sciences are particularly valued by PhD supervisors, researchers and employers in non-scientific fields.
    What's the difference?
  • At the University of Leicester, we offer seven Biological Science subjects and four Medical Bioscience subjects, all as both BSc (three years) and MBiolSci (four years), plus a Foundation Year option, giving you an impressive range of 23 different courses to choose from.
  • Biological Science covers major aspects of biology and molecular science across a wide range of organisms from bacteria and fungi to humans and plants. All 14 courses share a common first year so you can change to a different degree before the end of Year 1.
  • Medical Science allows you to select specialist modules that focus more closely on the application of biological principles to medicine. All eight courses share a common first year so you can change to a different degree before the end of Year 1.
  • It is possible to switch between a Biological Science course and a Medical Bioscience course during the first half of your first year, but after that the two fields diverge.

Enrollment Cycles

  • January 2022

Entry requirements

  • A-levels: AAB - ABB, including at least two relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Psychology. We may consider two AS-levels in place of one A-level. General Studies not accepted
  • EPQ with A-levels: ABB-BBB EPQ grade B. A-level subjects to include two relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Psychology. General Studies not accepted.
  • GCSE: At least Grade C/4 in both English and Maths (if not held at A2/AS-level)
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass Science diploma with 45 credits at level three, 30 of which must be at distinction
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points to include grade 6 and 5 in at least two relevant HL science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Psychology. Minimum of 3 in HL Maths or 4 in SL Maths, or 5 in Maths Studies required if grade C/4 not held at GCSE.
  • Minimum of 4 in English Language required if grade C/4 not held at GCSE
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Applied Science Diploma with D*DD plus five GCSEs at B/5 or above including two relevant sciences
  • Other national and international qualifications considered.
  • Second year entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

Selection Process

  • When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.
  • Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the School of Biological Sciences.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

Year 1

Modules

  • The Molecules of Life: An Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (double module)
  • The Cell: An Introduction to Cell Biology and Microbiology (double module)
  • From Individuals to Populations: An Introduction to Genetics
  • Multicellular Organisation: An Introduction to Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience (double module)
  • Biodiversity and Behaviour: An Introduction to Zoology

Year 2

Core modules

  • Principles of Microbiology
  • Research Topic
  • Immunology and Eukaryotic Microbiology OR Immunology and Eukaryotic Microbiology (with science enterprise trip)

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

  • Genomes
  • Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Physiology of Excitable Cells
  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Global Change Biology and Conservation
  • Medical Microbiology

Then choose three option modules from:

  • Contemporary Techniques in Biological Data Analysis 
  • Exercise Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Genes, Development and Inheritance
  • Bioinformatics
  • Behavioural Neurobiology 
  • Neurobiology and Animal Behaviour
  • A Field Guide to Evolution
  • Biochemistry of Nucleic Acids
  • Protein Control in Cellular Regulation

Year 3

Core module 

  • Microbial Biotechnology

Option modules

  • Overall, you must choose at least two modules from those marked 

Choose two option modules from:

  • Molecular and Cellular Immunology
  • Evolutionary Genetics
  • Gene Expression: Molecular Basis and Medical Relevance
  • Human Genetics
  • Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology
  • Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience
  • Comparative Neurobiology
  • Subtropical Physiology and Ecology

Then choose one pair of option modules from:

  • Experimental Research Project A plus Experimental Research Project B (double module)
  • Education Research Project A plus Education Research Project B (double module)
  • Field Research Project A (Operation Wallacea) plus Experimental Research Project B (double module)
  • Analytical Research Project (double module) plus one additional option module from the list below

Steered Research Project (double module) plus one additional option module from the list below

Finally, choose two option modules from:

  • Microbial Pathogenesis and Genomics*
  • Human and Environmental Microbiomics*
  • Cancer Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience Futures
  • Genes and Development
  • Physiology, Pharmacology and Behaviour
  • Cellular Physiology of the Cardiovascular System
  • Conservation and Ecological Genetics
  • Behavioural Ecology

Final Year

  • In your final year, you will conduct a research project within one of six themes. Which project you choose determines which additional modules you study.

Option 1: Cancer Cell Biology

  • Introduction to Molecular Techniques
  • Research Methods in Cell Biology
  • Research Methods in Cancer Biology
  • Advanced Topics in Cancer Biology
  • MBiolSci Research Project (Cancer Cell Biology)

Option 2: Molecular Genetics

  • Introduction to Techniques in Molecular Genetics and Data Analysis
  • Experimental Design and Application of Molecular Genetic Techniques to Research
  • MBiolSci Research Project (Molecular Genetics)

Option 3: Cancer Molecular Pathology and Therapeutics

  • Molecular Pathology and Cell Biology of Cancer
  • Molecular Methods and Experimental Design
  • Cancer Therapeutics
  • MBiolSci Research Project (Cancer Molecular Pathology and Therapeutics)

Option 4: Chronic Disease and Immunity

  • Theory and Techniques in Chronic Disease and Immunity
  • Immunity and Inflammation
  • MBiolSci Research Project (Chronic Disease and Immunity)

Option 5: Infection and Immunity

  • Theory and Techniques in Infection and Immunity
  • Infection and Immunity
  • MBiolSci Research Project (Infection and Immunity)
  • Option 6: Neuroscience and Behaviour
  • Advanced Research Methods: Evaluating, Planning and Analysing Research
  • Professional Research Skills: Finding Your Path in the World of Research
  • MBiolSci Research Project (Neuroscience/Psychology/Behaviour)

Year in Industry or Abroad (optional)

  • If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions or working in an industrial placement (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.

UK and EU Students

Starting in 2021 

  • The University of Leicester has made the decision to keep fees for EU students at the same level as UK student fees for this year, despite this no longer being a UK Government requirement. £9,250 in your first year. 
  • Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year 
  • Year in Industry: your fee will be 15% of the full-time tuition fee that applies in that year If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee. 

Additional costs 

  • Additional costs for 2021/22 are yet to be confirmed but, as an indication, the following was the case for students who started in 2020/21: 
  • The third year option module Microbial Biotechnology includes a field trip. The cost of this field trip is included in your tuition fee. You will be travelling between the University and hospitals in Leicester. The cost of a Hospital Hopper bus card is included in your tuition fee. The third year option module Behavioural Ecology includes an optional field trip. The cost of this field trip is £450 and is not included in your tuition fee.

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